More Locker Room Quotes – Gaborik, Quick, Ovechkin, Sutter, etc


After the Kings’ 2-1 shootout win in Los Angeles on Thursday night, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms – including quotes from Jonathan Quick, Alex Ovechkin and both coaches…

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter on what his 500th regular season win means to him:

“A lot. I’ve been around a long time. Kind of odd in the shootout though.”

Sutter on if he likes shootouts:

“No. You know that.”

Sutter on what he liked about the Kings play tonight:

“It’s a grind-it-out game, stuck with it. Didn’t get down, had a lot of good opportunities, and just stuck with the game.”

Sutter on the penalty kills:

“I think three. More importantly we didn’t take them. Obviously the overtime one was a big kill.”

Sutter on if he tells the Kings to put extra emphasis on the penalty kill:

“Definitely, We talk about it. Obviously. They score such a high percentage of their goals on it. They have Backstrom and Ovechkin, and they are so dynamic on it. Get a lot of their points on the power play. Find the balance between finish and checks.”

Sutter on if tonight’s game helped him formulate a plan for when the two teams re-match next week in Washington:

“I haven’t really looked that far ahead. We’ve got a quick turnaround here, an afternoon and some tough travel. [We’ll] worry about that when we get there.”

Sutter on the Kings talking him ‘off the farm’ and putting him ‘back in the meat grinder’ and now achieving his 500th win:

“They didn’t take me from anywhere. If I wanted to stay on the farm, I’d have stayed on the farm. No meat grinder, not really.”

Jonathan Quick on hitting the milestone of franchise wins:

“To be honest, I did not know I was that close until a couple games ago and somebody brought it up. It’s special and obviously wins are a team effort, so I think that makes it a little more special and enjoyable because it is 20 guys contributing toward the win. Obviously if it was not for the shootout, I would be another season behind, he did not have the luxury of having the shootout, so in my mind, I’m still chasing him.”

Quick on shutting down best power play team in league:

“Nothing different than usual. Every team you play has guys on the power play that could do damage so I think you start preparing for different teams differently. We have our routine and we know what works, we stick with that and we know we have a great PK unit.”

Marian Gaborik on shutting down the Capitals offensively:

“Our penalty killing did an unbelievable job throughout the whole game, especially in overtime to play that 4-on-3. It was huge. We found a way to win and we worked very hard and after the second period we talked about that we just have to hold off and play our game, unfortunately they tied it up, but we stayed with it and we got a win.”

Gaborik on his first shootout as a King:

“It felt great to get a first win here in this building, two points and it was a great team effort.”

Capitals head coach Adam Oates on tonight’s game:

“I thought the first period we came out a little slow and some guys, it’s their first time in this building and they’re a good team and a good team in this building, and we got through the first period and the second half we played a good hockey game. That’s who they are, the goalie played great, the goalie maybe stole it for them, but they play a hard-nose physical game, and they did, and I’m proud of the guys the way they stood up to it. You know the second half of the game; I thought we kind of took it to them. We had a lot of good chances. I would say we carried the pace a little bit.”

Oates on the Capitals’ play:

“In the second, we started making better decisions with the puck and because of that we got into their zone and started to do what they do. They grind it out and we grinded it out with them. I think sometimes when you play a team that you haven’t played and the guys you are playing won the Stanley cup recently, they know that. They’re in a foreign building. I think sometimes you’re a little behind the plays and the reads and it takes some time to get into the pace of the game even though we played two nights ago, and I think the second half of the game the guys did a way better job.”

Joel Ward on his goal:

“I was just trying to get some separation from the defenseman in front. I knew Kuzy [Kuznetsov] had the puck down low. He threw one out front. At first I couldn’t see it. I tried to take a whack at it then it hit my skate. I just kind of scooped it in.”

Alex Ovechkin on 5 on 5 play:

“Yes, especially when I have an opportunity to shoot the puck. I try to see where the goalie is. I’m pretty sure I will find a way, but I have to score 5 on 5.”

If you missed what Dustin Penner and Dustin Brown had to say post-game, these are must-click quotes – see here and here.


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